The First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia; all thirteen colonies except Georgia were represented.
Congress established the Continental Association to end commerce with Britain.
Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense, promoting independence for the colonies, was published. It sold more than 100,000 copies in three months.
In Philadelphia, the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt a resolution proposed by Richard Henry Lee for independence from Great Britain.
Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. The first draft denounced the slave trade, but that passage was omitted from final text.
At the meeting of the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution that “these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.”
As the American Revolution began, Governor Dunmore in Virginia offered freedom to slaves of American rebels who fought on the British side.
Congress passed a resolution calling on the colonies to form their own local governments “where no government sufficient to the exigencies of their affairs have been hitherto established.”
The Virginia Constitutional Convention adopted the Virginia Bill of Rights, which later served as the basis of the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution.